VHA CIO steps down, takes new department job

VHA CIO steps down, takes new department job

Veterans Health Administration CIO Gary Christopherson will step down from his position and take a post as senior adviser to the Veterans Affairs Department's undersecretary of health.

The move follows VA secretary Anthony Principi's order for a major IT overhaul at the department that began this month. With the changes, CIOs K. Adair Martinez of the Veterans Benefits Administration, Joseph Nasari of the National Cemetery Administration and Christopherson became deputy CIOs of VA, reporting to CIO John Gauss.

Christopherson now works with undersecretary of health Robert H. Roswell on HealthePeople, a health information system intended to improve the sharing of health information. VA is working with the Defense Department, Indian Health Service and other agencies on the project.

Rob Kolodner, the associate VHA CIO, will take over as acting VA deputy CIO for health.

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